Audubon Center at Chatfield
Just to the south of Chatfield State Park, the trails around the Audubon Nature Center connect with the trails in the park, and are just across the road from Waterton Canyon. Abundant willow scrub habitat here is often full of migrants in season, and it’s a good spot to look for wintering sparrows or a variety of breeding species, including Least Flycatchers. There are also some nice marshes and a small pond with Virginia Rail and Sora, both regular, as well as a nice variety of ducks. Each spring, the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies bands birds at the Center. Check the Denver Audubon and Bird Conservancy websites for information on dates and reservations to visit the banding station.
Directions: From I-25 & C-470: go west on C-470 about 12 miles and exit onto CO 121/Wadsworth Blvd. Go south on Wadsworth Blvd, past the main entrance for Chatfield State Park. Turn left /east on Waterton Rd and immediately turn left into the first parking lot at the Audubon Center sign.
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Restrictions: Obey local rules and regulations
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Hotels in Littleton, camping at Chatfield State Park
Handicapped Access: ADA accessible facilities and some trails
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